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The Last Goon Show of All (1972)

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Credited cast:
Ray Ellington ...
Himself / The Red Bladder
Max Geldray ...
Himself
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Harry Secombe ...
Himself / Neddie Seagoon
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Andrew Timothy ...
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10 May 1972 (UK)  »

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The Last Goon Show  »

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Trivia

Wallace Greenslade, who was the radio show's announcer for most of its run through the 1950s, died in 1961. Andrew Timothy had in fact been the original announcer for the radio shows in the early days, so it was fitting that he was given the job of announcing the last one of all. See more »

Quotes

Neddie Seagoon: What were you doing up my trouser leg?
Bluebottle: A man has to do what he has to do.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing titles, Spike Milligan shouts "Now get out!" at the audience. See more »

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Featured in The All New Alexei Sayle Show: Episode #1.2 (1994) See more »

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Thegs *
12 August 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

12 years after the last Goon Show on radio came the last Goon Show on TV, in honour of those crazy people, the BBC. In this the 3 old friends Milligan, Sellars and Secombe trotted out the old gags and silly voices one last time, mainly for their own obvious pleasure, but also royalty was present this time. Eccles, Bloodnok, Bluebottle, Minnie and Henry, Moriarty and Grytpype-Thynne and of course Neddie Seagoon all came back to life in one final glorious reprise. Ellington and Geldray were there with their usual musical breaks as if they'd never been away, old Wallie had long since died but Timothy as link-man was spot on.

To a fan it's a joy to watch, to think how effortless they made it seem to the original 1950's radio audiences and also the realisation of how the over-work drove Milligan to madness. It's not as sharp as the radio programmes, but I'm glad we've got this as a memento of a golden age of humour we will not see or hear again. We have this to compliment all of those mental pictures of Fred the Oyster, Minnie trying to find her boots in the dark, passing glue factories lighting up the way, Bluebottle permanently clinging to Seagoon's hairy leg, the Loouuvvrre, Sapristi Noodles, Bloodnok's gas attacks, Eccles smugness at knowing the right time, and Little Jim's immortal remark about the accidental immersion of the man into the water. The list is absolutely endless! Milligan the genius comedian has now goon, but he and all of his creations will live on in many peoples hearts and minds, for a long time to come.

And of course the Goons are the only exception that the 20-30 year olds in charge of the BBC today make to their "Let's Ignore Bury And Alter The Past" motto - only because they must have been making a nice profit from LP, cassette, video, and now CD sales of recordings of the show for the past four decades. Bet they don't release any MP3's though!

(* Often announced on the John Snagge Service of the BBC ("Hold it up to the light. Not a brain in sight") as "The Highly Esteemed Goon Show".)


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